After 27 goals were scored in the team's first two meetings of the season series, fans at the Wells Fargo Center couldn't help but expect another run and gun, offensive type of affair.
Instead they were treated to the exact opposite.
Over 10 minutes had passed in the first period before an actual shot on net was recorded. Both teams didn't seem to have their skating legs as a result from the five-day rest for All-Star break.
“He was upset even after the first, I don’t blame him," said Jaromir Jagr of head coach Peter Laviolette. "That’s what happens when you have five days off. Neither team played good, they didn’t play very well either."
The Jets recorded the game's first official shot at 9:24 mark, but the Flyers got on the board first with a power-play goal from Brayden Schenn.
Bryzgalov was beaten early in the second period to knot the game back up at 1-1 and that's all that got by the net minders until the very last player in the shootout.
That player was Jets' right wing Bryan Little to give Winnipeg a 2-1 shootout win.
"We didn't have our legs under us the first two periods it seems. The first two periods were a little bit hesitant with what we were doing out there," said Laviolette. "We got going in the third period. Gave ourselves a chance to win the game, but we couldn't get it done.”
Third period action picked up significantly with end-to-end action, but each team's defense, not to mention the goaltending also picked up.
The game was also the third straight contest the Flyers participated in a shootout.
The Flyers have gone to the shootout three consecutive games for the first time since last March, when they had four consecutive shootouts from March 17-24. They went 1-3 in those shootouts.
The Flyers are now 1-4 in shootouts this year and are 20-38 all-time.
Flyers shootout shooters are now 5-for-15 this season.
With Brayden Schenn’s goal tonight, the Flyers have now gotten a goal from a rookie in 12 of their last 14 games, including nine of their last 10.
Claude Giroux returned to the plus-side of the faceoff ledger tonight by going 13-for-21 (62 percent) in the circle. He has been 50 percent or better in nine of his last ten games.
The Flyers now have a power-play goal in four consecutive games. They are 7-for-17 (41 percent) in that span. The unit is 15-for-63 (23.8 percent) in the last 16 games.
Fighting a full nine days off from game action, Bryzgalov was very sharp in net for the Flyers giving them a chance to win on several occasions.
In total, he stopped 23 of 24 shots through regulations and overtime and the first two players in the shootout.
"The puck was sitting under the goalie I really didn't know where it was. I just banged away and the puck crossed the line by about an inch." - Brayden Schenn
“Well, I was glad to play. On whatever line, I was glad to play after ten days. It probably was better for me to start on a different line, and probably less pressure. I could slowly get into the game.” - Jaromir Jagr
Tonight's turning point came early in the second period when Chris Thorburn knotted the score at 1-1. The goal didn't change much shift in momentum, but with the score tied and the team's defense and goaltending playing so well the game seemed destined for overtime and the eventual shootout.
In the shootout, both teams were stopped, until the very last player, Jets' Bryan Little slid a puck under Bryzgalov to give the Jets the victory by the slimmest of margins. It was also their third win over the Flyers this season and second by a one-goal margin.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Bryzgalov scrambles to make a save with a flurry of Jets surrounding the net.
Jets 2, Flyers 1 (SO) Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bryan Little had the only goal during a shootout, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
The Jets have won six straight games in Philadelphia, including four when they were the Atlanta Thrashers, since a 5-3 loss on Jan. 21, 2009. The franchise has beaten the Flyers in nine of the last 10 meetings.